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A variety of links for Thursday
   December 18, 2014 (1:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff from this week and other stuff from last week that I meant to post but didn’t, so let’s get after it.

Yesterday was a good day for Americans in Europe.  John Brooks continued his recent strong play by scoring his first goal since THAT goal against Ghana (highlights from yesterday).  Over in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win in the Belgian Cup (highlights).  Also in the Belgian Cup, Kenny Saief scored for Gent in their 4-1 win (no highlights found yet).  And back in Germany, Alfredo Morales was credited with an assist in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win, but his teammate did most of the dirty work (highlights).

Catching up on some other goals from the past few days while I was gone this weekend.  Junior Flores scored in Borussia Dormund’s 1-1 draw to Anderlecht in UEFA Youth League action, but he had to be subbed off after 30 minutes after picking up a concussion and will miss a little time.

Rubio Rubin also scored his second professional goal over the weekend in Utrecht’s 3-1 loss (highlights).

Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in FA Trophy First Round action.

And while it wasn’t a goal, Alejandro Bedoya had an assist over the weekend in Nantes’ 2-1 win (highlights).

US Soccer confirmed seven friendlies for 2015 at some point last week.  Plus we have reports of a possible friendly against Brazil for September.

And CONCACAF announced the venues and dates of next summer’s Gold Cup.

Catching up on in-house links, Will had a good goalkeeper discussion with four collegiate goalkeepers prior to last weekend’s College Cup.  And RJ caught back up with Jake Keegan to see how the Irish promotion playoffs went (spoiler alert: they went well).

Howie posted some links about Brek Shea heading back to the US and Orlando City, but Greg Seltzer is hearing that some other Championship teams might be still interested in his services.

Herculez Gomez is headed back to Puebla.  This will be his seventh different stint with a Liga MX team in the last five seasons, but he would be returning to his original stint/team where he won his scoring title in 2010.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America won the Apertura title this past fall so here are two interviews for you, one in English and one in Spanish.

The latest Jozy Altidore rumors have Werder Bremen wanting him on loan in January.

Will Packwood is back at Birmingham City and out for a few weeks after injuring his groin on loan with Colchester United.

Vice Sports caught up with Aron Johannsson to talk about finally getting over his various injuries of the past six months.

LA Galaxy forward Jack McBean is doing his annual MLS-offseason-training-stint-in-Europe with Charlton Athletic.

Steven Goff talked to Brad Friedel about a variety of topics right here.  Tim Howard has also retracted some of his comments about Friedel blocking his move to Manchester United.

Dom Dwyer signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City which will keep him in the US for a while longer.  Since he received his green card in 2012, he would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.

Tab Ramos and the US U-20 team is down in Honduras this week for some friendlies.  The initial roster had Zack Steffen and Santiago Castano as the goalkeepers and they were both in the news this past week.  Steffen signed with Freiburg in Germany, while Castano turned down the US for Colombia’s U-20 team.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to the next potential German-American on the radar, Hamburg fullback Ashton Götz.  But Götz has a ways to go before playing for the US.

Like I mentioned towards the top of this post, John Brooks has been playing well for Hertha Berlin recently and received some good praise from manager Jos Luhukay.

If you have been around this site from the beginning, you might remember the name Nate Weiss.  Weiss has played a little here and there (Lativa, Sweden and Germany to name a few countries) and now he is working on getting his UEFA coaching licenses.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys will be coming to the US in February to partake in the Portland Timbers’ preseason tournament.

Joe Gyau didn’t travel with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team this past weekend due to how his knee has reacted lately.  Probably in his best interest to take it slow and make sure everything is fine.

Bobby Wood doesn’t appear to in 1860 Munich’s plans going forward.

And finally, this photo of DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman and Landon Donovan is awesome.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Dom Dwyer, Herculez Gomez, Jack McBean, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kenny Saief, Kyle Beckerman, Landon Donovan, Nate Weiss, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Santiago Castano, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, Zack Steffen
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Anderlecht vs. Zulte-Waregem Highlights
   December 17, 2014 (2:48 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal today in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win over Zulte-Waregem in Belgian Cup action.  Here is his goal.

 
Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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Anderlecht vs. Racing Mechelen Highlights
   December 3, 2014 (9:30 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan went the full 90 minutes and assisted on a goal in Anderlecht’s 4-0 win in Belgian Cup action on Wednesday.  Here is his assist.

 
Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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A bunch of links before the weekend
   November 7, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It’s Friday and here are some links.

I posted yesterday the news that Tesho Akindele turned down an invite with the Canadian national team to keep things open with the US.  And now Ives Galarcep is hearing that Akindele will be called in by the USMNT next week.

Jurgen Klinsmann is not happy with the performances of many of the USMNTers since the World Cup.  Here are some short videos of Klinsmann talking about facing Colombia in London and the fan support at Craven Cottage.

Speaking of Craven Cottage, Kyle McCarthy looks at the connection between the USMNT and Craven Cottage.

Jozy Altidore’s agent, Lyle Yorks, is headed to Sunderland to talk to the club about his future.  HITC’s Andrew Gibney takes a look at why a loan to France would be a good move for multiple parties.  Jozy also turned 25 yesterday.  According to the always good Paul Carr, his 24 international goals are the second most in USMNT history before turning 25.  Some guy named Landon Donovan leads the way with 27.

Speaking of numbers, go check out where Rubio Rubin’s four assists rank in Europe among players 20 or younger.

Two Americans saw the field in Europa League action on Thursday.  Tim Howard recorded the 150th shutout of his European club career in a 3-0 win over Lille.  He was pretty happy.  Fabian Johnson got the start at right back in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win.  Here is a photo of him in action.

I posted some highlights of Anderlecht’s dramatic three-goal comeback to draw with Arsenal earlier this week and now Greg Seltzer broke down Sacha Kljestan’s performance of the game.

Danny Williams came back from his injury last weekend while coming off the bench and now he made his first start since the injury, going 67 minutes in Reading’s mid-weeek 3-0 win over Rotherham.

Michael Orozco went the distance in Puebla’s loss on penalty kicks to Santos Laguna in the Copa MX final on Wednesday.

I missed this earlier in the week, but Geoff Cameron made WhoScored’s Team of the Week for his performance from last weekend.

Orlando City’s Tommy Redding is headed to Benfica in December for yet another MLS offseason training stint.

Brian Sciaretta has a pair of interviews worth checking out this week.  One with Fulham legend Brian McBride and one with Nepal national team manager Jack Stefanowski.

Grant Wahl talked to Mia Hamm this week about her new role with Roma and LAFC.

Travis Clark caught up with David Najem about life in the German Regionalliga.

Here is a look at what could happen if the World Cup is shifted to the winter in 2022.

Who doesn’t life tifos?

And finally, the USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely be announced on Monday.  In the mean time, here are some names on John D. Halloran’s radar for next summer’s Gold Cup.

 
Categories: Brian McBride, Danny Williams, David Najem, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jack Stefanowski, Jozy Altidore, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tim Howard, Tommy Redding, US Men's National Team
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Anderlecht vs. Arsenal Highlights
   November 4, 2014 (8:36 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan went the full 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Anderlecht’s 3-3 draw to Arsenal.  Arsenal jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Anderlecht scored three goals in the last 30 minutes to pull off the draw at Emirates Stadium.  Arsenal became just the second team ever to fail to win a Champions League match at home after leading by 3+ goals.

 
Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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Some links for Thursday
   October 30, 2014 (12:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

First off, you haven’t read it already, you need to check out Will’s interview with Patrick McLain.  Some interesting stories of his time at Chivas USA, including this one:

Unfortunately, the next coaching staff to come in midway through the 2013 season was very different. The coaching staff was unable to communicate in English and were not good about translating for those of us who didn’t speak Spanish. I was punished by this coaching staff towards the end of the season for not understanding something that was said to me in Spanish, because it was not translated for me, therefore I did not respond to it. I was called into the coach’s office and helplessly tried to plead my ignorance of my apparent disrespect. There was no interpreter present and my message was not received. As punishment, I was demoted from second on the depth chart to third.

Yay Chivas USA?

We have had a few goals over the last couple days.  Terrence Boyd scored his first goal since May in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday (highlights).  And of course he broke out the cyclops.  Sacha Kljestan made his first start of the season and scored his first goal of the season in Anderlecht’s 3-2 win over Kortrijk (highlights).  Bryan Gerzicich scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday in Maccabi Petah Tikva’s 1-0 win over Hapoel Haifa (highlights).

Aron Johannsson returned to AZ Alkmaar’s first team yesterday, playing in the 5-0 win over GVVV in the KNVB Beker.

John Brooks also got his first start since September in Hertha Berlin’s loss (on PKs) to Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal.

Danny Williams returned to the field this week in Reading U-21s’ 2-0 win over Brighton on Monday.

Michael Orozco and Puebla are headed to the Copa MX final after beating Lobos BUAP on Tuesday.

Alejandro Bedoya could be leaving Nantes come January according to his agent.

Bobby Wood has been demoted to 1860 Munich’s U-23 team.

This is what Michael Bradley looks like post-surgery (with the rare smile!).  And in the latest in Jurgen Klinsmann vs. the (US Soccer) world, Bradley and Klinsi don’t see eye to eye on where he should be playing.

It is that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints and first up is Sean Johnson to Hull City.

Here is a lengthy read on DeAndre Yedlin.

Phil Saunders has re-signed with BI / Bolungarvik in Iceland.

According to Reading’s website, Andrija Novakovich has been called up by the US U-20 team, who will play Russia, Ireland and Canada in Spain this month.

Greg Seltzer gives us some European-based names for the US U-23 team for the 2016 Olympics.

And finally, here is your 2018 World Cup logo.  It is actually not that bad.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Bryan Gerzicich, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Patrick McLain, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Johnson, Terrence Boyd, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Anderlecht vs. Kortrijk Highlights
   October 29, 2014 (9:34 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan went the full 90 minutes and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Anderlecht’s 3-2 win over Kortrijk on Wednesday.  Here are some highlights with Kljestan’s goal coming at the 2:31 mark.

 
Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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Tuesday morning linkage
   September 30, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of news goodies came out in the last 24 hours.  So let’s dive into the links.

The USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely come out this weekend/next Monday if I were a betting man, but ESPN’s Doug McIntyre is reporting that Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra will receive a call-up.  If true, Ibarra will become the first US player from a US second-tier league since Clyde Simms in 2005.  As for Ibarra, he is a 24-year-old midfielder who has scored eight goals in 21 league games for Minnesota this season.  Here are some highlights of Ibarra.

Speaking of rosters, here is Ecuador’s roster for the friendly.

The other big news of the weekend is that John Brooks has been demoted to Hertha Berlin’s U-23 team.  There has been some confusion over the translation as some people think the articles have said that he will be cut or waived, but he is not in good standing with Hertha manager Jos Luhukay.  But he has at least been demoted for now.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar have a new manager in John van den Brom.  His last coaching stint was at Anderlecht with Sacha Kljestan the last couple of seasons.  It always seems like American players in Europe end up playing for a coach who just recently managed another US player.

FIFA has added 2016 Copa America to the international calendar, which means we should expect to see the best players at the tournament as clubs will have to release players for the tournament.

The US U-23 team is headed to Brazil to take on the Brazilian U-23 team during October’s international break.  No roster has been announced yet, but this will be the second camp for the U-23 team in the last three months after beating Bahamas 5-1 back in August.

DeAndre Yedlin was on ExtraTime Radio last week and said he is working on getting his Latvian passport.  If he can get it soon, he could join Tottenham in January otherwise he will have to go through the UK work permit process and likely won’t be able to join the club until next summer.

Tim Howard was named to ESPN’s Premier League Team of the Weekend after coming up with some big saves in the Merseyside derby.

Also this past weekend, we had goals from Edgar Castillo and Marc Heider (and our goal tracker has the other non-highlights goals).  We also had assists from Mix Diskerud and Michael Stephens, while Timothy Chandler basically had an assist.

At the youth level, Kyle Scott had another assist for Chelsea’s U-18 team.  And Luca de la Torre is getting some playing time with Fulham’s U-18 team.

If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves for Manchester United, who will be his heir apparent at Real Madrid?  ESPN asks this question then threw some names out there of some young players, including Julian Green.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman hopes to manage Stuart Holden again in the future.  Holden is out of contract, but he is being allowed to rehab at his own pace (and hopefully correctly) then they will see where he stands with the club once he is ready to go again.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, John Brooks, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Luca de la Torre, Marc Heider, Miguel Ibarra, Mix Diskerud, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Anderlecht vs. Galatasaray Highlights
   September 17, 2014 (5:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played 24 minutes in Anderlecht’s 1-1 draw to Galatasaray in Champions League action on Tuesday.  It looked like Anderlecht were going to snag three points in Istanbul, but Kljestan was beaten inside the penalty area which led to Galatasaray’s game-tying goal in the 91st minute.  Here are some highlights.

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Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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Tuesday’s linkapalooza
   September 2, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Lots of action this past weekend.

Steven Goff has you covered with a weekend roundup of the bigger names in Europe.  Good to see Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman both made appearances again in their respective team’s starting lineups.  Hyndmann is 18 years old and completing 91 percent of his passes this season, fourth highest in the Championship among players with 100+ attempted passes.

As for some goals, Matt Taylor bagged another two goals in Saarbrücken’s 2-1 win over Nöttingen (highlights).  Taylor has put together a nice little career in the various lower leagues in Germany, scoring 55 goals in 162 league appearances since 2008-09.

Bobby Warshaw went the full 90 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Bærum’s 2-1 loss to Hønefoss (highlights).  Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 11th goal of the season in Landskrona’s 1-1 draw to Sirius (highlights).  Down in the fourth tier in Sweden, Eddy Prugh and Andy Lorei both scored in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Anundsjö (highlights).  And we don’t have highlights of these goals, but Matt Eliason, Drew Jeskey, Anthony Avalos and Christian Eissele also scored this weekend and our goal tracker has some more details.  Will Packwood also scored for Birmingham City’s U-21 team.

While we had some goals this weekend, the assists might have been even better this weekend.  Bobby Wood used his head to assist on 1860 Munich’s goal in their 1-1 draw to Darmstadt 98 (highlights).  Here is also a photo of Wood from that game.  And Alfredo Morales assisted on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Sandhausen (highlights).  That second one was pretty slick.

The USMNT did some training yesterday at the headquarters of the Czech Football Association.   In case you missed the young roster, John D. Halloran broke things down on Friday.  Terrence Boyd is also there in attendance despite his knee injury and Geoff Cameron has been officially ruled out of Wednesday’s game due to his injury.  I forgot to post this last week, but here is Jurgen Klinsmann’s usual post-roster release quote sheet.  Also from last Friday, US Soccer announced an October 14 friendly against Honduras.

The US U-20 team is headed to Argentina this week to play Racing Club Reserves, Defensa y Justicia Reserves and Argentina’s U-20 team.  Here is the updated roster, which features John Requejo Jr., Fernando Arce, Russell Canouse, Junior Flores and Paul Arriola among others.  Another interesting name on the list is Chivas de Guadalajara’s Luis Martir since Chivas normally has a Mexican international only policy.

We had a pretty quiet Deadline Day on the American front (aside from a dildo going into a reporter’s ear, seriously), but we had a couple moves over the last couple of days.

As we posted over the weekend, Julian Green is headed to Hamburg on a season-long loan.  And for all those soccer jersey hipsters out there, Hamburg has a decent home shirt this year and Green looks to be wearing #37.

As for some other moves, Duane Holmes is now with League Two side Bury on a loan until January.  Seb Hines is now with Coventry City until January on a short-term loan.  Gboly Ariyibi signed with English League One side Chesterfield.  And US U-20 midfielder Kris Scott has made the move from Swansea City’s youth teams to Leicester City’s youth teams.

The bigger news on the American front were the moves that did not happen.  Stoke City decided to keep Geoff Cameron despite bids from Sunderland and Southampton.  Zulte-Waregem made a bid for Sacha Kljestan, but Anderlecht decided to hold onto him as well.  And I guess there might have been some rumblings of Southampton sniffing around Brek Shea, but nothing happened (and it was likely silly season nonsense).

And before multiple more people ask me, Juan Agudelo is still without a club and myself (and many others) don’t know anything more on his situation.

Brian Sciaretta, writing for multiple outlets, has you covered with some interviews with Brad Guzan and Greg Garza.  Jonny Rico also got some audio from Garza and Joe Corona about their recent call-ups to the USMNT.

And finally, Freddy Adu is still in Serbia, still hasn’t played for his new team and is suing his former Brazilian team Bahia over alleged unpaid wages.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Stadler, Anthony Avalos, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, Drew Jeskey, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce, Freddy Adu, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kris Scott, Matt Eliason, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Seb Hines, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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